Credit cards could reimburse for full-price items now on sale

TYSONS CORNER, Va. (WJLA) - The biggest challenge for shoppers the day after Christmas? Finding a parking space at big shopping centers like Tysons Corner Mall.

It’s taking shoppers 30 to 45 minutes to find a spot, as deep post-Christmas discounts and deals are bringing bargain hunters in.

According to new data from MasterCard Advisors, people are ready to spend – holiday spending on Christmas Eve was up 2.3-percent from last year, which comes as a relief for retailers who previously reported sluggish sales during this year's shortened shopping season.

The day after Christmas can also be a pain for a different reason -- shoppers often buy full-price items right before Christmas, just to have the sales kick in afterwards.

Fortunately, there may be a solution for this: Credit cards may have you covered when the price drops, as MasterCard, Discover and Citibank help you recoup the difference through price guarantee programs.

And speaking of sales and deals, we found the best items you can buy right after Christmas – these include clothes, holiday treats and decorations, brand name HDTVs and electronics.